“Breastfeeding is not only crucial for tackling malnutrition and saving children’s lives, it also has the potential to have tangible impacts on the economic and social development of countries across Africa.”
The Inter-Parlimentary Union organized a summit for MP’s from ten countries to discuss ways in which they could assume more accountability for maternal and newborn health concerns.
The use of mobile phones has helped community health workers track pregnant women, report on dangers or complications during pregnancies, monitor antenatal care, and identify and refer women at risk.
New data indicates that institutional deliveries in Rwanada moved from 30 percent in 2005 to 75 percent in 2012. The upward trend was attributed to efforts to decentralise health services by setting up health posts closer to where women live for better access.
The lives of thousands of women could be saved if they were able to access antenatal care and give birth in health centres, according to new Guttmacher Institute report.
Nigeria’s performance in improving maternal and newborn survival in an international context needs to be addressed.
Despite remarkable changes in the levels of understanding of newborn mortality and prevention methods, newborns continue to die and now account for more than 40 percent of all under five deaths.
The Global Newborn Action Plan (GNAP) comes as countries make their final push towards the Millennium Development Goals. GNAP is defined as a high-level roadmap that focuses specifically on newborn health.
International healthcare organisations on Monday noted progress in the global fight against deaths among newborns and stunted growth due to malnutrition, but said further support was needed.
After a successful rollout of the Kangaroo mothercare system in all 27 district hospitals in the country, officials are now targeting health centres countrywide.